I had had an email conversation with this hostel before arriving but was told there was no need to make a reservation. From their first reply on 26 June to their second on 1st August, their prices had gone up 30PLN. However when we arrived, they had gone up another 50PLN to 250PLN ($108) for a double room with private bathroom. We tried to argue (in Polish) that their emails had indicated a lower price but the girl just shrugged, saying that this must have been a long time ago and we should have made a reservation. While not actually rude, she clearly could not have cared less. Also they don't take credit cards so that really cuts into your spending money. The room was tiny, with a small double bed and wafer thin mattress, a small bedside table with 2 small drawers and two small chairs (no drawers, no wardrobe, nowhere to hang anything). The bathroom was newly tiled but small enough to make it awkward when using the tiny sink and no ‘hook’ to hang the showerhead on – really annoying.
Basically it was a hostel type/size room at hotel prices (certainly for Poland). We stayed in 3 other places (2 hotels and an ‘agriturism’ farm) in Poland and paid only $40-$60/night. The other point was the service – in all other 3 places people were friendly and helpful. In this place the two 20 year old girls who ran it for the owner lacked any sense of hospitality. And this is not a language problem, the exchange above was conducted in my boyfriend’s fluent Polish. Another example is that there were no towels in the room so I went downstairs to ask for some. The girl was writing something when I arrived so I waited next to her for her to finish. When she finished writing she turned & walked past me without looking at me. I said ‘excuse me, can I have some towels please?’ and she turned, got them out of the cupboard and handed them to me without speaking or smiling. Just doesn’t make you feel at all welcome.
There was a computer with internet access (usually used by the girls running the place). The breakfast was tea/coffee, white bread, hard boiled eggs, cream cheese, meat paste, jam, honey, butter. The communal lounge with sofas was OK but people smoked there and 20 year olds got drunk some nights. The location is the best thing about it: 1 min walk from the river and delicious free soup some evenings.
Hostel Przy Targu Rybnym is a 10 minute walk from the train station. It is very homely and well kept. Breakfast is generous and the Polish staff can help you with most things Cost = 12 euros.
Very good hostel, nearby shops for beer and essentials, only 5 minutes lovely walk along the river into the central streets of gdansk.
Cheap dorm rooms, nice communal area that is pretty hoemly and good staff.
I have not stayed in Gotyk Hostel for the reason well seen on my picture. I called them two days before my trip to Gdansk to book a room. The receptionist gave me short information that there was no vacancy for that day because of the concert of Jean Michel Jarre. Thus I had to give up.
In Gdansk I've seen that hostel located, referring to its advertisement, in the oldest tenement house in Gdansk. Hmm... almost every old house in Gdansk was re-built after damages of WWII and the period right after the war, the damages made by both Germans and Soviets.
Now, I can say, that whenever I visit Gdansk again I will try to book a room in this hostel unless I manage to book less expensive room at Hostel przy Targu Rybnym.
Unique Quality: ADVANTAGES
1. Location: in the heart of the old town, in beautiful but crowded with visitors, Mariacka street. About 20-25 min. from the Main Railway station (safe walk along pretty old streets at night).
2. The brick building looks impressive and very old. It's right place for a snob, I am sure :-).
3. No vacancy. The sign on my picture is often displayed in front of the hostel, I guess. No wonder, there are few accommodation at cenral location in Gdansk.
4. Price. In my opinion the hostel is a bit too expensive as for a hostel for backpackers (no breakfast). 250 zl they wanted per room for 2 (in summer) is 90 zl more than in Hostel przy Targu Rybnym. You pay for a better, I mean more snobbish, location and maybe (?) for larger rooms.
5. No parking. The Mariacka street is closed for traffic and there are no parking lots there.
6. Noisy street noice. Mariacka street stay lively till late night thus maybe a bit noisy. Better don't take a room with a view to the street unless you can sleep hard besides street noise.
7. Webpage. Their webpage (in Polish and English only) needs many improvements although it contains the up-to-date price list. They should improve their English as well :-).
Directions: Walk eastwards Dluga st., turn left to either Tkacka or Lektykarska st., turn first right to Piwna, walk along the southern wall of the St. Mary's basilica to Mariacka st., the hostel on the right. About 25 min. on foot from the Main Railway Station.
I got to know that I would go to Gdansk for a concert of Jean Michel Jarre two days before the event. After tenths of calls to numerous Gdansk hotels and hostels I gave up. I'd always heard: "Sorry, no vacancy for that night for a few weeks/months. You know, we have the concert of JMJ."
That's why I haven't stayed at Hostel przy Targu Rybnym but I've heard very good opinions on this hostel and I've also called them. The very nice receptionist gave me great suggestions where to look for any accommodations for that busy night after the concert... close to Gdansk. I followed the suggestion and I luckily found my economic hotel located by a pretty lake in http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/9ecb/782d6[Kolbudy, a stone's throw away from Gdansk.
Being in Gdansk I saw that hostel conveniently located in safe district on the edge of the old town. They offers dormitories (2 rooms for 10 people each) and small rooms for 5, 4, 3 and 2 persons. Now, I can say, that I whenever I visit Gdansk again I will try to book a room just in this hostel.
Unique Quality: 1. Location - within walking distance to the old town (1 min. to the Fish Market = Targ Rybny and the Long Waterside = Dlugie Pobrzeze), safe walk at night, about 20 - 25 min. from the Main Railway Station.
2. Economic price: from 40 zl per bed in a dormitory (10 beds in one room) to 160 zl per room for two (1? = 4 zl).
3. Fish market just 1-2 min. - good choice of grilled meat and fish with Polish beer, all at good price.
4. English spoken, they open the hostel whatever time you want to arrive (day or night) - just give them a ring.
5. free use of a microwave and kitchen equipment (included surely refrigerator).
6. free internet.
7. free tea/coffee and towels.
8. free laundry-service.
9. free parking
10. free bicycle(6) and kayak rental.
Well, they know how to care of their visitors. The first advantage of the hostel is a very friendly and helpful staff who helped me to find my accommodation.
Directions: On the edge of the old town. Map here
We found this place by accident, it's close to the city centre, clean, comfortable and excellent value. Included in the 60 Zloty a night price is free:
-tea and coffee
Unique Quality: one of the best things about this hostel is Vladimir, the owner. He must speak about a dozen languages and his enthusiasm to help everyone is fantastic. He is a great source of local and Polish information. Try the Milk Bar that he recommends.
Directions: From the station head into the Old Town. Once in the Old Town follow the riverbank to the left and the hostel is just a short walk away
I haven't stay there but I've heard good opinion from Carletto76 and I've also called them to ask for the details.
If I were a visitor and I would like to visit the Old Town I would have chosen the hostel.
It is walking distance from the main station in Gdañsk, very close to the most beautiful part of Old Town and the price level is the same as in every other students house in Gdañsk. ( I have called few of them to check the prices).
Unique Quality: 1. They speak English
2. You can call them and come any time day or night.
3. The price for a bed in doorms is 40 PLN
4. You have tea/coffee for free
5. You get internet connection for free
6. You can use microwave and kitchen equipment for free
7. they have an internet page with all the details in 4 languages (Polish, English, German, Russian).
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Directions: Check the map on the internet page of the hostel
The Hostel przy Targu Rybnym (or, much easily, "Gdańsk Hostel") is located in the heart of the old town, and not far from the train station too (about 10/15 mins walking along very nice streets).
It has dormitory rooms as well as smaller ones with 2, 3, 4 or 5 beds. Prices are cheap and the staff is really friendly and helpful.
Really a good hostel, maybe just a little bit too "crowded" in the dormitories in summer.
Unique Quality: Hotel rooms for 2, 3, 4 or 5 persons,
Dormitory (10 beds in 2 rooms)
Kitchen with microwave, refrigerator, cutlery, crockery and kettle
Free sheets, towels and car parking
Free rental of SIX bicycles
Free kayak rental
Free tea and coffe
Directions: Just near the banks of the Motława River in the historic centre of Gdańsk.
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